The Explanation of Criminality

The Explanation of Criminality

The Explanation of Criminality

The Explanation of Criminality

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This small book is an attempt to synthesize notions from several streams of scholarship, and so my indebtedness to the work of others is even greater than that of most authors. The conception of social learning which forms the pivot of my arguments has been developed by Professor Hobart Mowrer; I have also made extensive use of the ideas and experimental findings of Professor H. J. Eysenck and his research team. I have done my best to indicate, by means of footnotes, my obligation to many other scholars.

I am grateful to Mr. G. Duncan Mitchell, Dr. Hermann Mannheim and Professor W. J. H. Sprott for their criticisms and encouragement, and to Mr. E. B. Butler for expert advice on matters pertaining to the interpretation of statistics. I owe a special debt to Miss Diana Marshallsay, who prepared the index for this volume, and has been a constant source of help with problems of style and presentation. Mrs. J. R. Mathews generously undertook the work of typing several drafts of the manuscript, and did this with great patience, skill and expedition.

I am pleased to acknowledge my obligation to Mr. Aymeric Straker, Chief Psychologist, and to the Prison Commissioners for allowing me to make use of certain unpublished statistics. The conclusions which I have drawn from these, and my comments concerning the organization of services for the psychological investigation of offenders, do not, of course, represent their views.

G. B. T.

St. Cross, Winchester April 1961 . . .

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